Dig in and start doing

May 31, 2006 at 10:05 pm | Posted in Blog, Sewing/Crafts, Thrifty Goodness | Leave a comment

Update: Just fixing a broken link

 Hi there! This spring I began nosing around some crafty blogs, and was stunned by the creativity and camaraderie I witnessed there. I had no idea all this sharing and…making was going on. Where have I been for the past few years?! I’ve rooted for you as you started projects, checked in as you progressed, and cheered when you completed them. I’ve found and used some of the patterns you’ve so generously given and have taken up whole new crafts to do so. (So much for our extra closet space.) And I’ve been touched by your willingness and ability to share some of your personal experiences, motivation, and wisdom with people whom you may never meet. I guess I’m starting this blog because I’d like a place to share some of my crafts and thoughts and connect with others around the world: like those of you who’ve inspired me and a host of others to dig in and start doing.

Speaking of doing, I started on my first apron last night. I’d spotted Rebecca’s lovely green polka dot apron and decided that will be the perfect birthday gift for Kathy. She loves vintage florals and thrifted treasures, so this retro number should be just the ticket.

The pattern is McCall’s #3979, and I’m using these fabrics, which I’ve had for a few years now:


I’ll use the pale blue floral (Vintage Rose by Moda) for all the body pieces of the apron and the dark red small scale floral (Deja Blues by Chantelclaire) for the seam binding and the ties. With the floral being a stripe, I hope I can manage to pin and cut straight, for once. The first step has been pretty tedious: The pattern calls for nearly 7 yards of bias seam binding. Wanting to use materials I already had on hand, I thought I’d make my own. Phew! That’s a lot more marking, cutting, and ironing than I was prepared for. But here it is. Pretty unimpressive for now :0/


I hit the local Salvation Army store this afternoon after my annual performance review and found these two lovelies for a grand total of ninety-two cents. Including tax.


Not too shabby! Well, a little shabby, but that’s the thrift store for you, I guess :0)

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